It's official! Amitabh Bachchan to star in Sairat director Nagraj Manjule's first Hindi movie Jhund. The 102 Not Out star will essay the role of a retired sports teacher who starts a slum soccer movement. Bhushan Kumar is producing the movie. The film will see Bachchan essay the role of Vijay Barse, a Nagpur-based retired sports teacher who starts a slum soccer movement. "Jhund", which goes on floors soon, will be co-produced by Savita Raj Hiremath, according to a press release.
Hiremath said the film is a soccer slum story which explores "a hero in all of us".
"I was thinking of starting my next Bollywood venture and was looking for a emotional and relevant subject which would connect with the masses and channelise today's youth into positive energy. Since last three years I have been looking for such subjects and one of them is a biopic of Vijay Barse who promoted slum soccer in India and showcased Indian talent to the world.
"'Jhund' is the slum soccer film which shows that there is a hero in all of us... And it's only a matter of opportunity life gives you," she said.
"I am very thankful to Mr Amitabh Bachchan for graciously being part of the film. Our visionary partner Bhushan Kumar who has been delivering content driven cinema is equally passionate making a great team with the iconic director Nagraj Manjule," she added. Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath and Manjule will co-produce.
(With PTI Inputs)